As you know, yarn comes in lots of different weights. There is a lot out there to choose from. With lots of variety between the two extremes—thin, lace-weight style yarn, to jumbo yarn for arm knitting—it can be difficult to decide what to make next and find the perfect yarn for your project.
There is, however, one yarn weight that is easy to find, comes in lots of colors, and can be bought at a variety of price points: worsted weight yarn. Worsted yarn is a medium weight that is the most popular amongst knitters and crocheters, at least, according to large-scale yarn manufacturers like Lion Brand and Bernat.
Because of its popularity, worsted weight yarn is everywhere and its medium thickness allows it to be made into anything! You probably have a ball or two of worsted weight in your stash, if not more. That being said, hats are great projects to use up just one ball of yarn! Perfect for gifting in the winter months, as well as making for yourself to fight against the chill, crochet hats make great weekend stashbusting projects. Keep reading for 12 Easy Crochet Hat Patterns for Worsted Weight Yarn (free!).
1) Suzette’s Beanie
As the name suggests, this beanie is worked in the suzette stitch pattern, created by working a single and double crochet in one stitch and skipping the next! This creates a wonderfully cozy finished piece and a beautiful texture. The free pattern comes in lots of sizes from newborn to adult large. You can find the free pattern linked here!
2) Classic Beanie
This simple classic is a winter wardrobe staple! Follow along with Melanie’s YouTube tutorial or print the PDF pattern to make this super beginner friendly hat. Worked in the round and with just single crochet and chains, this beanie can be made by anyone. The link to Melanie’s blog with the written instructions, PDF download, and video tutorial can be found here.
3) Bead Stitch Crochet Hat
This beautiful hat uses a handful of special stitches to achieve its striped, textured look. Instructions for the bead stitch and half-double crochet in the third loop are included in the free written pattern. You can also follow their video tutorial and crochet along for step-by-step instruction! Click on this link here for the free pattern.
4) Absolute Beginner Crochet Hat
Another great pattern from Melanie Ham! This hat is as easy as it gets. Perfect for beginners, this slightly slouchy crochet beanie pattern works up in about an hour and is made from a simple rectangle. The free pattern is both written and can be followed step-by-step in a video tutorial on Melanie’s YouTube channel. Use this link here to access the free pattern.
5) Crochet Pretty Cable Hat
This beautiful hat is another pattern that comes with both written instructions and a video tutorial! While cables can be complicated, this pattern breaks them down into easy to understand steps. This makes Sirin’s pattern ideal for anyone looking to learn cables and start a small project. Click on this link here for the written pattern or check out the Sirin’s Crochet YouTube channel for the video tutorial.
6) Crochet Beginner Friendly Beanie
This second Sirin’s Crochet pattern on this list is one of my personal favorite and go-to hat patterns. It comes out great every time and is much easier to crochet than it looks! All you need to know are chains, single crochets, half-double crochets, and slip stitches. With those four basic stitches, you can create this gorgeous textured hat with a ribbed brim! Yet again, this pattern is super accessible with both written instructions and a video tutorial to help you crochet the perfect beanie. Check out Sirin Crochet’s blog for the written pattern, linked here, and her YouTube channel for the video.
7) Delaney Hat
The Delaney Hat is a fun & funky spiral-topped beanie. Perfect for the whole family, the design can be sized up and down for adults and children alike. It can be customized in lots of ways, with different yarn and spiral-toppers, and is as fun to crochet as it is to wear! This easy and free crochet pattern can be found here.
8) Courtney Crochet Beanie Hat
The Courtney Crochet Beanie Hat is beautifully soft and textured. The gorgeous pattern even comes with a matching scarf pattern (with fringe!) to make a matching set you can wear for the winter season. Check out the free pattern here!
9) The Elizabeth Beanie
This hat is named after the Elizabeth stitch! Also called the “mini bean” stitch, the Elizabeth stitch creates a pretty criss-cross texture. The free written pattern is for an adult size and can be found at this link here!
10) Autumn Dreams Beanie
This beanie is perfect for keeping cozy in the fall and winter! Worked in the round with alternating rows of puff and half-double crochet stitches, the fabric of the hat is thick enough to stand up to any chilly breeze that comes your way. The free pattern comes with written instructions at this link here.
11) Ripple Beanie
The Ripple Hat is a classic beanie designed specifically for men and boys. This simple, unisex pattern makes finding a crochet gift to make for your loved ones a piece of cake. With nothing that can be considered overly “girly” or “preppy,” the Ripple Hat features a ribbed brim and subtle texture. The free written pattern can be found at this link here.
12) Slouchy Shells Hat
The Slouchy Shells Hat is perfectly described by its name! The soft and slouchy beanie features a ribbed brim and the shell stitch. The pattern is available in 5 sizes! Take a look at this link here.
That’s all for this pattern round-up! I hope you’ve found a couple patterns to add to your project list.